What are hormone pellets made of?

Bioidentical hormone pellets are derived from soybeans and yams, and they are biologically identical to human forms of estradiol and testosterone. There is also a small amount of magnesium stearate added as part of the pellet-making process. The pellets are specially manufactured by select compounding pharmacies using strict manufacturing standards. Bioidentical hormone pellets are completely biodegradable under the skin, leaving no residue whatsoever.

What can bioidentical sub-dermal hormones to do for me?

You may experience any or all of the following

  • Increased Eenergy
  • Restored Sex Drive
  • Consistency in Moods
  • Relief from Anxiety and Depression
  • Decreased Body Fat
  • Increased Mental Clarity and Focus
  • Greater Capacity to Get in Shape
  • Overall Improved Quality of Life

How often will I need them inserted?

Frequency may vary by individual, but the normal interval is 3-6 months. Occasionally your doctor may prescribe booster pellets between intervals as necessary.

Does the time of day or time of my cycle matter when having my blood tested?

For women, it’s best to have your hormone levels checked a week prior to, during or after your period—any time of day works. For men, it’s best to have your testosterone levels checked early in the morning when they are highest.

How will I know when it’s time for more pellets? Do I need a blood test every time?

You will usually be able to tell when it’s time for more pellets by how you feel. If you feel your pellets have worn off before a 3-month time period, your blood levels should be checked again. If it’s been longer than 4 months, you can get more pellets without another blood test. Between 3 and 4 months, additional pellets may be prescribed on a case-by-case basis. All patients should have an office visit with their regular family doctor annually.

Are there any side effects and/or complications?

Unlike other forms of hormone therapy, there are very few side effects and they are usually temporary. You may experience some breast discomfort, nipple tenderness or bloating. Rarely, pellet sites may become infected or pellets may come out. As with hormone therapy in general, some women get a return of menstrual bleeding particularly if the progesterone is given cyclically rather than continuously. Usually, this bleeding is easily managed by adjusting the doses of the pellets or the progesterone. Women taking testosterone pellets may occasionally experience instances of increased or darker hair growth or mild acne, but these issues are generally minor and easily managed.